NBC 5 Chicago and eVoter Announce Partnership to Link Voters to Election Day Information

NBC 5 Chicago debuts online service

Jan 29, 2010, 17:02 ET from eVoter

CHICAGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- NBC 5 Chicago and eVoter (www.evoter.com) today announced a partnership that connects Chicagoland voters to polling place locations, election information, candidate profiles and endorsements prior to Election Day.

eVoter is the first website where voters and candidates connect. The non-partisan website allows voters to directly interact with candidates and access accurate, up-to-date information to make informed decisions on Election Day. From statewide races like Governor and U.S. Senator all the way down to local county and municipal races, eVoter provides voters with a list of every candidate on their ballot.

Illinois, which has the nation's first primary election on February 2, is the first state where eVoter is available. NBC 5 Chicago now offers an online web tool that directs voters to their personalized ballot information powered by eVoter as part of their comprehensive online election coverage at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/Chicago-Elections-2010.html

"We're pleased to announce this partnership with one of Chicago's local news leaders," said Adam Kravitz, CEO of Political Technologies LLC, owners and operators of eVoter. "Adding a broadcast media partner marks an important milestone in the expansion of eVoter, and this step will ultimately allow us to reach even more voters in the Chicago area."

"Our partnership with eVoter provides a great service for voters and candidates," said Frank Whittaker, Station Manager and VP of News, NBC 5 Chicago. "Voters can log on to find their polling place, and see exactly what their ballot will look like on Tuesday."

In addition to interacting with candidates, eVoter allows voters to locate their polling place, generate and print a customized ballot, access an absentee ballot, look up endorsements from registered organizations, and donate to campaigns. Candidates can purchase and customize an online profile on eVoter, and registered organizations can publicize their endorsements to voters at a low cost.

Candidates or endorsing organizations that are interested in creating a profile should visit http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/Chicago-Elections-2010.html and click on "Visit eVoter.com" in the eVoter search box or call (866) 976-0555.


eVoter is the unbiased, non-partisan election information site where voters can generate a personalized sample ballot instantly, view candidate profiles, make contributions, view organizational endorsements, find polling places, request absentee ballot applications, and more. Owned and operated by Florida-based Political Technologies LLC (www.politicaltechnologies.com), eVoter is designed with the goal of providing voters with concise unbiased information on every candidate and measure on their ballot. With 7000+ Illinois Primary Election Candidates listed and 11,000+ polling places, eVoter is the destination for 2010 Illinois Primary Election information.


NBC5 (WMAQ) is the owned and operated NBC station in Chicago. On October 8, 1948, the station, then called WNBQ-TV, transmitted its first telecast from the Merchandise Mart—the third game of the Indians-Braves World Series in Cleveland, Ohio. The station's current call letters, WMAQ-TV, were established in 1964. During NBC5 Chicago's rich history, the station pioneered a number of television "firsts." On April 15, 1956, NBC5 became the world's first all-color station. In September of 1986, NBC5 became the first Chicago commercial station to broadcast in stereo. In 1989, NBC5 was the first Chicago station to present closed captioning of all local newscasts and in 2004 was the first television station to launch a street side studio at 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Studio 5. Currently, NBC5 airs 30 hours of local news per week in HD. NBC5 News has over 30 reporters and anchors covering the Chicago area. NBC5 News covers local news on-air and online at nbcchicago.com